States of the Union

Reagan offers a plan to pass the buck, and the bucks, from Washington

The question is a historic one. It was confronted by the founding fathers, debated by each succeeding generation and fiercely fought in the country's only civil war. Which powers are the proper province of the national Government and which are reserved to the states? In his State of the Union message last week, Ronald Reagan dramatically raised the issue once again, proposing the most radical shift in governmental authority since the New Deal. His scheme would transfer programs to the states...

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